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Re: “Woman insulted by Fayetteville alderman responds — eloquently — on Facebook

Nad, the problem is that La Tour justifies the people who do assault. They create an environment and excuses for those that go much further than insults. As far as her not feeling harassed, that doesn't change the fact that he was clearly doing that.

Baker, she has been nothing but nice in this whole situation. For you to make personal, hateful attacks on her just shows how far down you are, not her.

I think Ms. Allendorf's response showed amazing maturity, fairness, and understanding in her response, and takes the high road in wanting everyone to learn from this and not use it as a stick to beat on others who come from a different background, and she did it without compromising herself. So far, she's my person of the year, and a very cool one at that.

30 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Paul Hogue on 03/22/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “The 3 Best: Donuts

I'll add to the remarks about Spudnuts in El Dorado. I used to be with Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, and about ten years ago we had a planning meeting with a lot of local officials, business leaders, and first responders from around the county. One of the businesses was good enough to offer Spudnuts for the attendees. The county had advertised this, and a meeting where we usually would have been happy to draw 40 or 50 must have had 150-200 attendees. It started at 8:00 AM sharp, but the folks picking up the donuts weren't able to get enough for everyone by then, so it was agreed they would bring in fresh donuts at the break. About 45 minutes later, the donuts started showing up. Within a couple of minutes, it was clear we would have to have our break early, because about a dozen folks had already gone to the lobby area to get them. They were hot and fresh and filled up the whole building with their good smell. Needless to say, it was a half-hour or more before we got back on track. They were, by the way, the best donuts I have ever had (with a close second being Irish Maid in Pine Bluff).

Posted by Paul Hogue on 04/04/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Tom Cotton to gays: Get perspective. At least they don't hang you

For the commenters who say they are taking him out of context, I call BS. He is the one who created the context. He specifically said people should get some perspective. And I give props to Wolf Blitzer for pointing out that there isn't some anti-religious freedom movement afoot, and that Arkansas has not corner on the market. I'm sick of the supporters of discrimination bringing up the '93 law which the new law is definitely not modeled on. It may share a name, but when someone wrote the new laws (I assume ALEC?) they came with instructions to the Republican-controlled legislature what to say and what not to say to improve their odds for the inevitable legal challenges.

As for other commenters who are saying threatening or tasteless things about Cotton, I don't like him either, but there is a line you shouldn't cross. Let the Republicans and the far-righties take the low road. Progressives need to stick to the high road, then NOT LET UP when pointing out the awful things they say.

30 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Paul Hogue on 04/02/2015 at 12:45 PM

Re: “King Day in Arkansas: Or is it Lee Day?

I have been awaiting the day the legislature recognizes our French heritage, and particularly the alliance between the Quapaw and the French which lasted more than a century. Where are the dozens of rednecks marching fatly on the state capitol to demand the elected rednecks fly the Tri-Color in recognition of that heritage?

I'm a US Army veteran, and if you are a military veteran, then you are a veteran of the Union Army. Lee is not "our society's" hero. He's the hero of a dead, failed rebellion against our country. It is high time we acted like it.

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Paul Hogue on 01/19/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Ole Miss, ASU mix football and religion; complaint prompts removal of cross from ASU helmets

I see someone has brought up the "separation of church and state is not in the constitution" canard. Let's be clear, it is a concept that is clear in the constitution, and not just in the 1st Amendment. You will not find the words "Double Jeopardy" in the constitution either, but that concept is clearly delineated in the 5th Amendment. You won't find "Right to Privacy" in the constitution either, but courts have upheld the concept based on the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 9th and 14th amendments. You won't find "jury of peers," "executive orders," or "electoral college," but the interpretations of the constitution and our general embracing of English law have fully established these as being constitutional. Jefferson coined the term "separation of church and state" in official correspondence, and was comfortable saying it because that was the intent of the constitutional convention. There were four versions of the 1st Amendment up for consideration, and the one that passed removed any references to theism or terms like "right to worship" specifically because they did not want to push the idea that the US required religious participation from the citizenry.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Paul Hogue on 09/11/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Mayor suspends Jonesboro police chief 30 days without pay for comments about reporter

Did Yates order a background check on the reporter? That would explain why he saw the bar suspension without knowing why. If he did, and there was no ongoing investigation of Crump, that's a clear abuse of authority and access of records, and he could be looking at state code violations.

She has a good case for libel. Social network or not, his actions meet the criteria for a libel case. He wrote and published something (only one person needs to see it) that was intended to harm the subject's reputation and was intentionally false or showed a disregard of whether it was true.

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Hogue on 08/22/2014 at 1:30 PM


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